Kilikanoon Oath Grenache 2018
We recently looked at the excellent Walton’s Block Grenache from this producer, an old block of vines from the Clare. Now comes their Oath Grenache, again from the Clare and from another strong vintage. I think that I might prefer this one even more than the Walton at this stage. In ten years, who knows, but it will be fun to find out. Great to see the Clare doing so well with this variety – exciting things lie ahead. A lovely pale crimson in colour, there is a hint of cinnamon-y spice, warm earth, dry herbs, cherries and leather. Red fruits, especially raspberries, are to the fore. Supple, soft and with impressive length, this wine offers the classic Grenache tannins, both silky and ever so slightly sandy with very good overall balance. This is a cracking Grenache – it really does have a good decade ahead of it.